ICC news June 1, 2012

Two bouncers an over likely in ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

The ICC's cricket committee has recommended the number of bouncers permitted in an ODI over be increased to two. They also concluded the bowling powerplay be removed and the number of fielders permitted outside the 30-yard circle reduced from five to four.

The committee's recommendations will be ratified by the ICC Board in in Kuala Lumpur later this month, if they are incorporated into ODI playing conditions the mandatory Powerplay of 10 overs at the start of each innings will remain but only one period of five overs will now be nominated as a Powerplay, to be taken by the batting side and completed by the 40th over.

The changes are designed to "improve the balance between bat and ball and to create an identity for ODIs distinct from the Test and Twenty20 formats", an ICC release stated.

The committee decided there had been little impact from two five-over Powerplays being taken between the 16th and 40th overs, but did think using two new balls from each end had proven successful - both measures were recommended at last year's meeting.

"The changes will help enhance what is still an exceptionally popular form of the game," Dave Richardson, ICC General Manager of Cricket, said. "The committee was mindful of the need to avoid continual changes but was determined to complete the process initiated last year to enhance the format. It is now confident that these recommendations for ODI cricket, which showed its popularity during the 2011 World Cup will help create an even more attractive spectacle as we approach the World Cup in 2015."

Other recommendations of the committee, chaired by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, were that the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method of calculating scores in rain-affected matches should remain. An Indian mathematician, V Jayadevan, had proposed his system - the VJD method - replace D/L but the committee unanimously agreed there was no evidence of any significant flaws in the D/L method nor that any improvements could be offered by the VJD method.

In addition, to improve over-rates, it was recommended that drinks should not be brought onto the field other than at official drinks breaks and players should always assume a not-out decision following a review and be ready to immediately resume play after the decision is made.

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  • Mark on June 3, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    A step in the right direction. Three bouncers will give bowlers enough options.

  • Pasenadee on June 3, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Personally, I think a 50 over game should have the first and last ten overs as power play. You want a fast start and a fast finish! Then a five over block in the middle somewhere to make things interesting. Half the game has the field up, so technically, half the game gives the opportunity for the batsman to score. 2 bouncers are fair I think, as fast bowlers deserve a go too, and it also brings back the hook shot into the game! As for spinners, well...if the field can drop back for 25 overs in a game, I'm sure they can be utilised too. 2 new balls is great, but I think they should use one ball for the whole game and then bring a new ball in from over 25 at one end. This way one ball would get nice and rough for spinners/swingers, and one ball will be hard and fresh for a good seamer. Thoughts?

  • Dummy4 on June 3, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    @naveed khan. really??? srilanka produces fast bowlers??????? mention a few names apart from malinga. and malinga himself not playing tests!!!! others bowlers are just 120-135kmph bowlers. about pakistan could you name a fast bowler who is threating. they had produced express fast bowlers until mohd. amir .current crop of bowlers are just average. all know about umar gul when batsmen attack him. and talking of India, they have umesh yadav and varun aaron who had consistently hit 145-150 kmph but they are still inexperienced to consider them as threat. but don't compare srilanka's fast bowlers(according to you) with indian bowlers. it's my assumption that you are talking about fast bowlers not medium pacers. if it is about medium pacers then zaheer is the best bowler in subcontinent right now.

  • Dummy4 on June 3, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    that means India will not going to win WorldCup for another 28 years.

  • VNS on June 3, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    It is a good move. Also like all the players are to bat all the players should be used for bowling at least one over in an innings which will make the game much more interesting.

  • Krishna on June 3, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    People, understand that the 4 fielders outside the circle rule just balances the 2 bouncers an over rule. It is an incentive to take on the bouncer with a hook or a pull shot. Nowadays we don't see much of the hook shots. Batsmen evade bouncers and then thwack another ball to compensate. Now they will be pushed hard to employ the hook which a couple of decades ago was a famous shot to counter the venomous bouncers..

  • SWAMINATHAN on June 3, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    I think the D/L system is the worst possible system, which does not apply anything other than math solutions, it overlooks the reality. The VJD system is more practical and pragmatic, being fair to both teams and does not throw up impossible equations. In t20 for example, D/L is totally bunkum. I think it finally was a distinguished Dons from Cambridge's word vs. a non-descript engineer from India's rationale that decided the vote. If only Dave Richardson was a part of the 1992 WC SA team, if only he was @ the crease along with Brian McMillan ...... If only .......

  • Dummy4 on June 3, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Rule of only 4 men outside the circle? this will definitely help in breaking the 443 run in an inning. Looks like the commitee comprises of Johnty Rhodes, Gibbs, Devilliers, Clarke etc.

  • Shehan on June 3, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    I don't see many like the rule changes..So technical committee. Take all these changes out and live the game alone..

  • Dummy4 on June 3, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    We're going to see a lot of boundaries behind the wicket then...

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